The world has witnessed tensions between France and Turkey for several years, but relations between the two NATO members have recently intensified. Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron sat down for a conference on Monday. The conference was held in Brussels and they were in meeting for more than one hour. Before joining NATO, the Turkish President said that they are very positive about France. On the other hand, Emmanuel Macron said that despite differences of opinion, it is very important to hold a meeting with Turkey.
When the conflict start?
Turkey’s first conflict with France was in 2018 over the Syrian issue. At the time, the French government-backed the PKK, a terrorist group linked to Syria. Then the Turkish president claimed that France was provoking PKK against Turkey. The second problem between France and Turkey was centered on Libya. The African nation of Libya was in turmoil after the fall of Gaddafi. At that time, Turkey supported the UN-backed GNA group, but France opposed the whole of Turkey and supported the Revolutionary group.
Erdogan called the France government’s move to maintain its secular image a blow to Islam. Last year, Emmanuel Macron said that Islam was in crisis not only in France but around the world. The remarks came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement that “there is a crisis in Islam.” The statement was directly provoking for the Muslim world. He also added that he should work as a government and not as a colonial governor. But the biggest conflict between France and Turkey is over the eastern Mediterranean.
Control over eastern Mediterranean
The two countries have long been at loggerheads over the eastern Mediterranean. The Turkish government has said France had no direct interest in the eastern Mediterranean. So is France intervening just to oppose Turkey? In fact, last year Greece and Egypt signed a regional agreement. The French government sent ships to the eastern Mediterranean to provide support to Greece. Theorists claim that France is behaving in such a way as to maintain the leadership of the European Union. The closeness between Germany and Turkey since the time of the Ottoman Empire has naturally been a source of concern for France. German and Turkish joint ventures are already pitted against French and Chinese companies.
However, the message of hope is that both these countries are members of NATO. As a result, they have the opportunity to resolve their differences through conversation . It is hoped that these two countries will return to a peaceful position by resolving their problems.